University of Geneva

Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. With 16’500 students of more than 150 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university.

Short Courses

Law (5)
Social Sciences (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)



The Academy shed its ecclesiastical vocation during the political and social upheavals of the 19th century and, following the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine in 1873, it became a university. Contemporary researchers continue to open up new frontiers of knowledge such as the discovery of exoplanets or superconducting materials.


UNIGE offers more than 290 types of degrees and more than 280 Continuing Education programmes covering an extremely wide variety of fields: exact sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, law, etc. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles, and astrophysics. UNIGE is also host and co-host to six National Centres of Competence in Research: PlanetS, SwissMap, Chemical Biology, Affective Sciences, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective.


Due to its high level standards in research and its many disciplines, the UNIGE is ranked among the best three generalist French-speaker universities and among the 150 best universities in 20’000 worldwide universities. Research projects cover more than one hundred topics, from exact sciences, natural and medical sciences to social sciences and humanities. Every year this leads to fruitful results such as 3'300 publications.Therefore, the UNIGE research strengths are life sciences (genetics, molecular and chemical biology, bioinformatics), physics and chemistry, astrophysics and also some specific fields in social sciences and humanities.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
60 71
131 -24
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
98 -3
95 -6
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.


Student services

  • Reception Desk
  • Registration certificate
  • Student card (multi-service card)
  • Transcripts, duplicates and other certificates/attestations
  • Coursework or correspondence addressed to a faculty member
  • Request to postpone annual military service (for Swiss citizens only)

Housing services

  • University halls of residence
They provide different types of accommodation, such as individual bedrooms with access to communal kitchen and bathroom facilities, individual bedrooms in shared apartments for 2 to 7 people, and studio apartments, totalling 629 beds.
  • Summer housing
  • Private accomodations

ICT services

Your mail will be slipped into your mailbox every morning except on weekends.To avoid confusion during distribution, it is essential that your address be fully written, according to the template you can find in the Cité's Regulations and rental procedures.In case of absence (internship, vacation, etc.) you can ask for your mail to be kept at the Cité (maximum 2 months).

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Geneva offers the possibility for future students, and throughout the year, to visit their campus. A student of the Faculty your are interested in, will welcome and accompany you during a half-day tour to discover the key elements of student life and answer your questions. For classes accompanied by their teachers, the University of Geneva offers a tour of the main buildings of the urban campus and a presentation of its brances, for half a day. If you want to extend your visit, we can also arrange a meeting at PhysiScope and / or Chimiscope of the University of Geneva, to immerse you in the heart of science.

Sports facilities

  • Sports
2 sports grounds with tennis courts, volleyball and basketball fields, as well as 2 ping pong tables are available for residents.
  • Bikes
You can get a key for the bike garages located in the basements of buildings B and D and on the ground floor of building C. Other locations outdoors are available. Illegally parked bicycles will be towed away.Sports hall and gym